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Woodworm Woodworm   is   not   actually   a   worm.   Woodworm   refers   to   the   larvae   of   any wood-boring   beetle,   rather   than   one   particular   species.   In   the   UK,   the   most common   are   the   Common   Furniture   Beetle   (Anobium   punctatum),   Deathwatch Beetle   (Xestobium   rufuvillosum),   House   Longhorn   Beetle   (Hylotrupes   bajulus) and   Powderpost   Beetle   (Lyctus   brunneus).   All   invade   and   consume   wood,   and then leave when they have reached maturity. How do I know if my property is affected?  Your   woodwork   may   be   harbouring   woodworm   without   you   knowing   it.      Wood can   be   infected   with   eggs   or   larvae   without   it   being   noticeable,      and   you   may not    discover    a    woodworm    infestation    for    several    years.    It's    a    common misconception   that      woodworm   only   affects   old   properties,   in   fact   it   can   cause damage to newly constructed buildings.  Tell tale signs of woodworm include: Small round holes in your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart  board. Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is known as frass).  Crumbly edges to boards and joists.  Adult beetles emerging from the holes or present around the house.  Even if you can't see any holes, you might also find frass escaping  from the back or underside  of old furniture. Again this  suggests active woodworm.  However, not all of these  signs of activity are cause  for concern. Holes and frass might just indicate a previous woodworm  infestation, long since dormant.   It is important to eradicate woodworm as soon as possible. In just a  few months, if left un-treated woodworm can cause a huge amount of  damage to furniture, floorboards, cupboards & roof joists.  The sooner woodworm is treated the more expense it will save you.
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